- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s five-year statute of limitations on bringing rape charges would be extended under some circumstances under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Senators voted 49-1 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal. It would give prosecutors a new chance to file rape charges after the initial five-year period if the if there is a confession or new DNA evidence links the crime to a suspect.

Bill sponsor Sen. Michael Crider of Greenfield says the proposal comes after prosecutors couldn’t file rape charges against a man who confessed in 2013 to an Indianapolis rape that occurred in 2005.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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